LARA AGAR / COMPOSER
Lara is a composer, violinist and curator working in contemporary classical, experimental and collaborative music-making whose work spans dance, film and installation. Performers and collaborators include Orkest de Ereprijs, members of the LSO, Quatuor Bozzini, Exaudi, Plus-Minus Ensemble, National Youth String Orchestra and Satoko Inoue in venues such as the Barbican, Milton Court Concert Hall, The Place, Iklectik, APT Gallery and The South Lookout Tower (Aldeburgh). Festivals include New Music Northwest (Manchester), Freedom of Movement Festival (London) and the Ludlow English Song Weekend (Ludlow). Lara’s work with choreographer Anthony Matsena has led to performances and commissions from Sadler’s Wells and the National Dance Company of Wales. As a violinist Lara has played on BBC drama The Long Song (2018) and also The Trial of Christine Keeler (2019), working closely with composer Jonathan Rhys Hill. She has performed extensively with various groups and ensembles on the grassroots scene, and more recently with the London Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra. Lara graduated in 2019 as Artist Master of Composition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Paul Newland and Cassandra Miller. She was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship there (2019/20), under the tuition of Laurence Crane. Her studies were generously funded by the Leverhulme and Guildhall Trust.
RYAN JOSEPH STAFFORD / LIGHTING DESIGNER
Ryan works across the UK and Europe as a Lighting Designer for theatre, musicals, and dance. He trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Lighting Design. In 2019, Ryan received the ‘Michael Northern Award for Excellence in Lighting Design’, from the Association of Lighting Designers. Theatre includes: Not Quite Jerusalem (Finborough); When the Sea Swallows Us Whole (Vault Festival, London); Wind of Heaven (Finborough); Cyrano de Bergerac (The Watermill); Crave (The Other Room/RWCMD); Hauntings & Pork Pies (Theatre Clwyd/National Trust); Easy Virtue (The Watermill); The Island (Fio/UK Tour); Cardiff Boy (Red Oak Theatre/The Other Room); The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (Elufowoju, Jr. Ensemble/Arcola Theatre); Dames (Siberian Lights/Pleasance London); Finding Mr Hart (Blackburn Cotton Exchange); The River (Red Oak Theatre); Landmines (Bridge Company/Ovalhouse); Flew the Coop (New Diorama Theatre). Musicals include: Sleeping Beauty (Rhodes Arts Theatre/Wisecracker Ent.); Pippin.
ALEX HERMON / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Alex Hermon is a multi-award-winning UK based filmmaker/camera operator from Suffolk, East Anglia. Alex is an ambitious creator with a strong passion for visual cinema and specialises in telling compelling stories through creative cinematography and editing. In 2017 Alex graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a 1st Class Degree in Film & Moving Image Production. Since then, he has continued to craft his skills, working on high-end productions across the UK alongside breaking into the television industry, working on projects for ITV, Animal Planet and more. As a freelance filmmaker, Alex has had the opportunity to work with many different clients producing countless Short Films, Music Videos, Online Advertisements, Promotional Films, Event Coverage, Documentaries, Wildlife Films, Weddings and all sorts of different content each being bespoke and personal to the client, bringing their visions to life.
CHARLIE LAYBURN / WRITER
is a writer and actor from East London. The response to his farcical play ’Never Mind the Actors, Here’s the Stage Hands’, was seminal in his desire to write professionally. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he met Kel Matsena and Shane David-Joseph. Their show 'Regenerate' at the Bunker Theatre was the first of many writing collaborations to come. Charlie’s one man show ‘Care Package’ was received with standing ovations as part of the Tristan Bates Award. He has since co-written a TV series with Shane David- Joseph as well as two picture books. The most dramatic part of his life though will always be supporting West Ham.
ALFRED ENOCH / DRAMATURG
Alfred Enoch is an actor who has worked in theatre, film, television and radio. He is interested in exploring the huge range of possibilities afforded by his work; to play different parts, tell different kinds of stories and work in diffent media. He hopes not to gather moss. On stage his work includes Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Tree at The Young Vic and MIF; Red at the Wyndhams Theatre alongside Alfred Molina; King Lear at the Manchester Royal Exchange (as Edgar); Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse; Timon Of Athens and Antigone at the National Theatre; and The Ballad Of Salomon Pavey at Shakespeare’s Globe. Before the first lockdown he was in rehearsals to play Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, also at Shakespeare’s Globe. His work in television includes How To Get Away With Murder, which starred Viola Davis. He played the lead in the second season of Trust Me on the BBC; and has also appeared in Sherlock and Troy: Fall of a City. He will next be seen in upcoming Apple TV series Foundation. In film his credits include Tigers, by Ronnie Sandahl; and Medida Provisória, by Lázaro Ramos. He also played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter series.
SHANE DAVID JOSEPH / WRITER
Shane is an actor and writer who trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include: A Christmas Carol - Bristol Old Vic, The Railway Children - Kings Cross Theatre. TV/Radio credits: Temple Series 2 - Sky 1 and most recently was the voice of Matthias for BBC Teach - BBC Bitesize You never guess what happens at this Pentecost Party. Shane has co-written, with Charlie Layburn and Kel Matsena, the successful project Regenerate - The Bunker Theatre. Currently Shane is writing a comedy-drama series alongside Charlie which they are very excited about. Shane is also a drama teacher for children and young adults, focusing on improv and storytelling. Shane has taught in London, Reading and Bristol. In his spare time you’ll find Shane riding a motorbike.
CORY SHIPP / DESIGNER
Cory is a freelance Set & Costume designer working across all ranges of performative work across the UK. Cory trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and her previous work includes The Mikvah Project (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Hansel & Gretel (Chiswick Playhouse), Cyrano de Bergerac and Easy Virtue (The Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, RENT, Return to the Forbidden Planet (Mountview Theatre Academy) Another Planet (The Gramophones Theatre Company), Hags (Scratchworks Theatre Company), Boy and Blue Stockings (LAMDA) Costume Design for Unfortunate: A Musical Parody (Fat Rascal Theatre Company) and for Bandstand at ArtsEd, and most recently, Cinderella at The Barn Theatre.
BETH LEWIS / COMPOSER
Beth Lewis is a composer, performer and multimedia artist based in Wales.
Her work combines her classical music training with electronic manipulation and 3D technology to create immersive experiences. Her work includes dance scores, live electronic performance and virtual reality installations. She works with a wide range of artists including choreographers, directors, animators and visual artists with collaboration playing an essential role in her creative process.
Her music has been performed in venues across the UK, including Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Bridgwater Hall and The Place.
Beth is studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and will be graduating in 2023.